10 August 2004

You don't go hunting for deer with a tank

Unless you're the MCSO. Yes, time for another entry in the Sheriff Joe watch log…
In less than 30 minutes, Arpaio's special forces unleashed an unprecedented wave of violence on this quiet community. Consider this:

  • Just after the tear gas canisters were shot, a fire erupted and destroyed a $250,000 home plus all the contents inside. (The home's occupants believe the tear gas canisters caused the fire. Phoenix fire officials say the blaze was probably started by a lighted candle that was knocked onto a bed during the confusion.)

  • The armored personnel carrier careened down the street and smashed into a parked car after its brakes failed.

  • And in the ultimate display of cruelty, a SWAT team member drove a dog trying to flee the home back into the inferno, where it met an agonizing death.

    Deputies then reportedly laughed as the dog's owners came unglued as it perished in the blaze.

  • Good Gates, I wonder how much this is going to cost the taxpayers of Maricopa County…


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